The Orphan

A woman is found unconscious in the street with a severe head wound; she is also pregnant.
The woman gives birth to a son but later dies- her dying words was the Name Robin McNally- Police sergeant Bob Cole is out to get McNally a petty thief for murder but he manages to get off in court. The grand parents of the woman bring up the boy as their own. Jackie Boyle has an unusual talent- he has the ability to remember everything he see's. he can read a book in minutes and remember every word. Jackie watches his Grand Mother who he calls mam cooking and when she dies of a stroke is forced to cook and clean so that his father who is really his Grandfather; can go to work down the pit at Battlehill Colliery. The five year old does this until his father is killed in the pit rescuing his friends- Jackie is sent to Oakridge Children's Home where he suffered at the hands of the Matron and the nuns strict regime. The Orphan is a fast paced story that will leave you wanting to read more.

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Mike climbed up a tree then got up onto the wall it was just starting to get dark as he took the strap from his binoculars from around his neck then held them to his eyes the lights were on in the building and he could see in. he witnessed the nuns thrashing the children and Mrs Jenkins repeatedly slapping a child across the face. After ten minutes he came down. The tears were in his eyes as he explained what he had seen to his wife. They walked back to the car and drove away.

“I feel sick to the stomach Maureen; those poor kids having to suffer every day at the hands of those barbaric people.”

“Neither of them could sleep that night as they contemplated what they were going to do.

 

Mike picked up the letter from the County Court; using the letter opener he opened it; he quickly read it then asked for a squad car and three black Marias.

They drove to the home and were met by a representative from the court joined them at the gate. Hello Mr Langley I have been sent by the court to help you’re with your investigation. “I am Ralph Mason County Courts Officer.

Mike shook his hand as he pressed the intercom on the gate.

Hello; could you please open the gates please.”

“Who is this and what is your business here?

“We have a warrant to search the premises and question the children here.”

“On what grounds Sir?

“We have reason to believe there is abuse of the children here.”

The gates opened and the police cars and black Marias all drove through the double gates followed behind by Ralph Mason.

 

They were met by one of the sisters who led them to the office where Mr Buckley the Manager of the home and Mrs Jenkins the matron were waiting.”

Hello again Mr Langley and how are you this fine day? You are free to search and question who you like here.

“Well I would like to start with you if I may?

“Me she said innocently; why would you want to question me?

“I witnessed you striking a child last night repeatedly.”

“From where Mr Langley?

“I was situated on a wall with a pair of binoculars.”

“No you are indeed mistaken I was in my office last night doing paperwork. I have a witness to that fact. Sister Agnes was with me. We were discussing the menus for next week; would you care to see them?

“Yes I would.”

“Mrs Jenkins handed over the menu.”

“This is very interesting Matron; would you care to explain the loss of weight in all of your children here?

“Well children are full of energy they burn a lot of it off; because they run about a lot don’t they Mr Buckley.

“Yes they certainly do.

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